COVER Corporation Announced on January 15, 2024 (PST) that it has Terminated the Talent Contract with Yozora Mel, a Talent of VTuber Agency hololive Productions’ Japanese Female Group hololive.
Announcement Regarding Termination of Contract with Yozora Mel
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continuous support of hololive production.
We regret to announce that as of January 16th, 2024, we have terminated our Virtual YouTuber Master Agreement with Yozora Mel of hololive.
It has been confirmed that Yozora Mel has been engaging in acts that violated her contract by leaking information that she acquired from the company to third parties. As a result, we have determined that it has become difficult to continue managing and supporting her and, with agreement from the talent, we have elected to make this decision.
To all our fans and partners, deeply appreciate all of the great support you have provided throughout the activities that Yozora Mel has engaged in over a period of 5 years and 8 months since her debut as part of the first generation of hololive. It is with regret that we must report this matter in spite of the long-standing activities of Yozora Mel. We sincerely apologize for the
information we are providing at this time.
We will be closing Yozora Mel’s YouTube channel and membership by the end of February 2024.
We are taking this matter very seriously, and we intend to make further efforts into instructing our affiliated talents on compliance matters, so that similar incidents do not happen again in the future.
We hope for your continued support and patronage of the talents of hololive production, as well as our company.
Thank you.Tuesday, January 16 , 2024
I am truly sorry for the anxiety and discomfort and inconvenience I have caused to so many people by what I have done.
I deeply regret my thoughtless behavior.
I have already resolved the matter through mutual discussion with the management.
They have kindly allowed me to publish this letter.
I am very sorry that I have to say goodbye to everyone who has helped me in this way.
I had a dream that I wanted to achieve with everyone at Kapumin. I am sorry that I could not keep my promise.
But the memories of Kapumin and holomem will not disappear.I will never forget them.
I will always watch over you all.I will always love you.
Thank you for everything.
And I am really sorry.Yozora Mel
Yozora Mel made her debut with hololive in May 2018. She was the earliest debutant in the group’s 1st-gen.
This is the first contract termination for a holoLive Production talents since Uruha Rushia in February 2021, this is the second holoLive 1st-gen since Hitomi Kurisu in June 2018.
Yozora Mel’s sudden announcement of the termination of her contract has caused some confusion among viewers and fans, but the fact that the company cited leakage of confidential information as the reason may be taken as an indication that the company and its agencies are strict about compliance and information management, and that they will take firm action if any of their talents violate these rules.
Tanigo Motoaki (nicknamed YAGOO), president of COVER, said, “We regret to announce that we have decided to terminate the contract with Yozora Mel. We would like to thank all of our fans for their support. We would also like to thank her for her past efforts“. While this is a serious decision for the company, it was also a “Hard Decision” for him, as a supporter of holomem, to terminate the talent’s contract.
The reason for the termination of Yozora Mel’s contract, including the leak of confidential information, is unforgivable, but It does not negate Yozora Mel’s “Activities and Achievements as a VTuber Talent” until then. We would like to express our sincere respect for Yozora Mel’s activities and achievements up to this point.